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Prof. Robert Schwartzwald, PhD

Prof. Robert Schwartzwald, PhD
Université de Montréal
Professor, Department of Literatures and Languages of the World
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H3C 3J7
Phone +1-514-343 2279
Fax +1-514-343 6443
E-Mail Robert.Schwartzwald@umontreal.ca
Homepage https://llm.umontreal.ca/repertoire-departement/corps-professoral/professeur/in/in19140/sg/Robert%20Schwartzwald/
Robert Schwartzwald is full professor at Université de Montréal in the Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, incorporating the English Department, which he joined as chairman in 2005 after more than 20 years as professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was Editor‐in‐chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies and of the journal Quebec Studies. His research interests related to the IRTG focus on interfaces between notions of national modernity on the one hand and literary and cultural modernity on the other, with particular attention to how metaphorics of sexual difference are deployed therein. His work also explores new configurations of urban space on the global level. That is, he is interested in the notion of the "global city," with particular attention to the consequences of such transnational and transcultural articulations on literature and culture‐based claims to national modernity underwritten by liberal notions of diversity. His previous work has also addressed questions of the urban imaginary of Montreal and questions of Québec’s “American” identity. He is faculty associate of both the CCEAE (where he participates in the “Diversity and Civility” research group) and the Centre de recherché interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ). He is currently supervising four doctoral students and one master’s student and directs the Master’s program in international studies.

Robert Schwartzwald was the founding director of the Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas in the Five Colleges of Massachusetts (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst). With grants from the Tegale Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, CISA promoted joint research and teaching in what became known as the “New American studies” with its focus on hemispheric, multi-polar connections between the “old world” sources of migration, new polities, and indigenous peoples of the Americas. He is a member of the Executive and Scientific Committees of the Université de Montréal’s Centre for Research in International Relations (Cérium) and directs the university’s graduate programs in International Studies, where his program reforms include a new orientation in “Conflict, Culture, and Peace,” with its emphases on questions of diversity and negotiating relations between majority and minority cultures. As a former spokesperson for the Institut des Amériques at UdM, Schwartzwald addressed the Institute’s mission to federate in a comparative perspective the expertise of Latin‐Americanists and North Americanists with the aim of developing trans‐American perspectives on politics and society; populations, spatial mobility and gender relations; comparative urban dynamics; métissage and multiculturalism; media and cultural industries; etc.

Academic Career


French and English, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada)

Graduation / Academic Degrees

PhD, Département des littératures, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
MA, Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Canada
BA, French and English literatures, University of Manitoba, Canada

Current Position(s)

since 2015
Director, Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal
since 2013
Director, Graduate Programs in International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal
since 2005
Full Professor, Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, Université de Montréal

Position(s) Held

Co-director, Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, Université de Montréal
Director, Department of English Studies, Université de Montréal
Associate Dean of Faculty (affaires professorales), Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal
Director, Department of English Studies, Université de Montréal
Director, Five College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges
Director, French and Francophone Studies, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Professor of French and Francophone Studies; University of Massachusetts Amherst

Relevant (International) Research Experience

Visiting Lecturer, University of Holguin (Cuba)
Visiting Lecturer, Chaire du Québec, Université de Paris 3 - La Sorbonne nouvelle
since 2014
Executive Committee and Scientific Committee, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (Cérium)
Seminar, Margaret Atwood/Gabrielle Roy Chair in Canadian Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), México
Editor in Chief, International Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue internationale d’études canadiennes
Founding Director, Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas (CISA), Five Colleges (Massachusetts)

Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Principal Investigator, American Academy for Jewish Research, Special Initiatives Grant, "Jews and the Urban Experience" (with colleagues at Concordia University and the State University of New York – Plattsburgh)
Co-Researcher, SSHRC Partnership Grant, Diversity: Mediating Differences in Transcultural Spaces (2,498,100 CAN$)
Co-Researcher, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Germany, International Research Training Group Diversity (IRTG) (2,965,520 €)
Principal Investigator, SSHRC “Connections” Grant, Avec ou sans Parti pris (15,000 CAN$)
Co-Researcher, SSHRC Grant, Interdisciplinarité, multidisciplinarité et transdiscursivité dans la vie artistique au Québec (1895–1948) (118,633 CAN$)
Governor General's International Award for Canadian Studies
Co-Researcher, FQRSC Grant, Histoire de la culture artistique au Québec de la fin du 19e siècle à la deuxième guerre mondiale
Co-Researcher, SSHRC Grant, Histoire de la culture artistique au Québec de la fin du 19e siècle à la deuxième guerre mondiale
SSHRC Grant, Aid to Research and Transfer Journals Program to International Journal for Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes

Memberships and other relevant Activities

since 2016
Jury member, Scaliogne Prize for Best Book in French and Francophone Studies, Modern Language Association of America
since 2015
Member, Board of Directors, Quebec Writers Federation
since 2013
Member of the Executive Committee and Fellow, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales, l'Université de Montréal (Cérium)
since 2013
Chair, J.I. Segal Awards Committee, Jewish Public Library, Montreal
Jury member, Scaliogne Prize for Best Book in French and Francophone Studies, Modern Language Association of America
since 2007
President of Jury, Joseph Segal Prize/French-language division, Jewish Public Library of Montreal
President of Jury, Pierre-Savard Prize, International Council for Canadian Studies
Editor in Chief, International Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue internationale d'études canadiennes
Director, Five College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas (CISA)
Editor in Chief, Quebec Studies, journal of the American Council for Quebec Studies
Director, Five College Canadian Studies Program (Québec Studies)

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications
"Translating Montreal in the After-Image of Berlin: Upon Crossing the Viaduc Rosemont-Van Horne”, in: Ursula Lehmkuhl and Lutz Schowalter (eds.), Translating Diversity (Münster and New-York: Waxmann Verlag GmbH), 225-238.
(co-edited with Gilles Dupuis, Karim Larose and Frédéric Rondeau): Avec ou sans parti pris: Le legs d’une revue (Montréal: Nota Bene).
"From Romantic Drama to Materialist Pageant : Sex, Abuse, and the Church in Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Feluettes and La Divine illusion", in: Contemporary French Civilization (numéro spécial, « Queer Quebec ») 43:3-4, 391-402.
"Responses to Indigenous Trauma in Canada: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights", in: Wolfgang Klooss (ed.), Wor(l)ds of Trauma: Canadian and German Perspectives (Münster: Waxmann), 231-247.
“Le Front de libération homosexuel du Québec et les limites de la contre-culture”, in: Karim Larose/Frédéric Rondeau (eds.), La Contre-culture au Québec (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal), 453-490.
“C.R.A.Z.Y.” A Queer Film Classic (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press).
“1970: The October Crisis and the FLQ Manifesto”, in: Kathy Mezei et al. (eds.), Translation Effects. The Shaping of Modern Canadian Culture (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press), 105-118.
"Looking for A. M. Klein in Winnipeg's Anglo-Jewish Press", in: Norm Ravvin/Sherry Simon (eds.), Failure's Opposite: Listening to A.M. Klein (Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press).
(co-edited with Jonathan Cha and Simon Harel) Densité, Intensité, Tensions: l'urbanité montréalaise en question, Actes de colloque (Montréal: L'Atelier).
(co-edited with Kathy Mezei, Sherry Simon and Luise Von Flotow) The FLQ Manifesto of 1970. Translation Effects (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press).
"Explorations of Suburban Non-Space in Stéphane Lafleur's Continental", Special Issue: Quebec Studies 48, 25-34.
“Les relations interculturelles en 1937 à travers la presse juive montréalaise d'expression anglaise”, in: Yvan Lamonde/Denis Saint-Jacques (eds.), 1937: un tournant culturel (Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval), 89-104.
"Lines Drawn and Redrawn. How Does the National Matter?", ADE Bulletin 146, 33-37.
"'The Same Vital Flux': The GayLeft Nexus in Daniel Guérin's Autobiographies", in: David Powell (ed.), 21st Century Gay Culture (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 29-40.
"‘Chus t’un homme’ Trois (re)mises en scène d'Hosanna de Michel Tremblay", GLOBE, Revue internationale d’études québécoises 11:2, 43-60.
"Postface. Textes, territoires, traduction: (dé)localisations/dislocations de la littérature anglo-québécoise", Quebec Studies 44, 95-101.
“Father Marie-Alain Couturier, O.P. and the Refutation of Anti-Semitism in Vichy France”, in: Leonard H. Erlich et al. (eds.), Textures and Meanings: Thirty Years of Judaic Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst: University of Massachusetts), 140-156.
“Un apport singulier à l’avènement de la modernité au Québec: Hommage au père Marie-Alain Couturier, O.P. à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire de sa mort”, in: Ginette Michaud/Elisabeth Nardout-Lafarge (eds.), Constructions de la modernité au Québec (Montréal: Lanctôt Éditeur), 65-86.
“‘Chicoutimi,’ qui veut dire …? Cartographies de la sexuation dans The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi de Larry Tremblay”, in: Louise Dupré et al. (eds.), Sexuation, Espace, Écriture. La littérature québécoise en transformation (Québec: Éditions Nota Bene), 447-467.
(translator and author of the introduction) Guérin, Daniel. The Brown Plague: Travels in Late Weimar and Early Nazi Germany [translation of La peste brune (Paris: Maspéro), 1978], augmented with a translator’s Introduction (p. 1-38), explanatory notes, glossary, chronology and a dossier of 22 photographs selected by the translator (Durham and London: Duke University Press).
“‘Symbolic Homosexuality,’ ‘False Feminine,’ and the Problematics of Identity in Quebec”, in: Michael Warner (ed.), Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), 264–299 [translated and revised version of: “(Homo)sexualité et problématique identitaire”, in: Sherry Simon et al. (eds.), Fictions de l’identitaire au Québec (Montréal: XYZ éditeur), 1991, 115-150].
“Fear of Federasty: Quebec’s Inverted Fictions”, in: Hortense J. Spillers (ed.), Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text (New York: Routledge), 175–195.
(ed.) "An/other Canada", Special Issue: Massachusetts Review XXXI:1-2.

b) Other publications
"Les Juifs ont contribué activement à l’histoire du Canada", Interview with Robert Schwartzwald by Mathieu-Robert Sauvé. Forum, Université de Montréal. [http://nouvelles.umontreal.ca/article/2017/12/13/les-juifs-ont-contribue-activement-a-l-histoire-du-canada/]
"Cultural Hybridity, Cities, and Denationalization", in: Christine Engel/Peter Holzer/Sylvia Hölz (eds.), AkteurInnen der Kulturvermittlung: TranslatorInnen, philologisch-kulturwissenschaftliche ForscherInnen und FremdsprachenlehrerInnen (Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press), 77-93.

Training of Young Researchers

Dissertations Currently Supervised

Alexander Licker: Tangent to the Great Circle of Life: style, dialogue and the ethics of inevitable convergence in Grace Paley’s short fiction (since 2008)

Rebecca Leah Schwarz: Imaginary Israel in Jewish North American Literature (since 2009)

John Henry Rumsby: Social Representations in Fantasy, co-directed by Gail Scott (since 2015)

Paul Hanson: Points West: The Novels of Rudy Wiebe and Robert Kroetsch (since 2015)

Ali Zamanpour: Non-Western Deterritorialized Male Subjectivity in Migrant Literature (since 2015)

Amal Debbitch: Queer Figurations in National and Postcolonial Discourses of North Africa (since 2016)

Finished Dissertations

at Université de Montréal

Aya Gaddas: Cross-Border Ethnic and Cultural Exchange in Franco-American, Mexican-American, Cuban-American, and Indian-American Literatures (2014)

Kevin D'Abramo: Recollecting Work: Labour and Class in Contemporary North American Historical Fiction (2014)

Muna Shafiq: In-between Passages of the Hybrid Subject. The Poetics of Sociolinguistic Code Switching in North American Minority Writing (2014)

Frederik Byrn Køhlert: Drawing in the Margins: Identity and Subjectivity in Contemporary Autobiographical Comics (2015, Distinction: “Outstanding”)

Simon Yiu-Tsan Ng: Imperfect flâneurs: anti-heroes of modern life (2015, Distinction: “Outstanding”, Dean’s Honor List)

at Amherst

Lylian Bourgois: Images et Thématiques du corps dans l’oeuvre de Marguerite Yourcenar (2008).

Neil Hartlen: Passage à l’acte, Passage à l’identité: Sexual Representation and Identity Politics in Contemporary Gay Writing and Film in the U.S. and France (2006).

Babacar Mboup: Le théâtre africain francophone: au-delà des fonctions actuelles du genre: développement, fonctions et nouveaux défis (2005).

Alissa Sklar: Unified and Divided: Construction and Negotiation of National Identity Among Anglophone and Allophone Montrealers (2004).

Jana Evans Braziel: Nomadism, Diaspora, and Deracination in Contemporary Migrant Literatures (2000).

Susan Katherine Kevra: Body Image/s: Representations of the Body in the Novel of French Canada and Quebec (1998).

Margaret Loren Heady: From Marvelous to Magic Realism: Modernist and Postmodernist Discourses of Identity in the Caribbean Novel (1997).

Jean-François L. Llorens: La voix des ‘Beurs’ dans la littérature française des années 1980: une quête d’identité multiculturelle (1995).
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